HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf has pulled Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel off the process

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf has pulled Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel off the process surrounding proposed closure of the State Correctional Institution at Retreat and called for a more thorough review of the move. In a statement released through gubernatorial spokesman J.J. Abbott on Tuesday evening, Wolf also indicated that more public feedback will be scheduled with respect to the plan. The governor’s actions follow calls by Northeastern Pennsylvania lawmakers for Wetzel’s ouster after profane remarks caught on video during a hearing about closure plans — and after Wetzel apologized for the remarks earlier Tuesday. “In response to concerns about the process surrounding the SCI Retreat potential closure, the Department of Corrections (DOC) is developing an expanded schedule of community meetings to gain more input from employees, businesses, legislators, and community leaders,” Abbott wrote. “These changes are being developed to provide reassurance to the community about the thoroughness of the department’s review, that the process is fair and neutral, and to help instill confidence the process is adhering to the provisions of Act 133,” Abbott added. Act 133 of...

Commentary: Latin America was the bright spot in IATA’s April air cargo report

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) data for April continues to paint a dismal picture for the global air cargo market. Year-to-date volumes were down 4.7 percent while available capacity increased 2.6 percent. The bright spot, however, has been the Latin American market, where for the past three months, volumes have been on the rise. But, as IATA noted in its recent report, ongoing and political uncertainties in the region present challenges for the air cargo industry. Brazil, the largest Latin American economy, emerged from a crippling recession in 2016. Since then, it has been touch-and-go financially for the country. This year looks to be a continuation of uncertainty for Brazil with a new President who came into power on January 1; the country reported a first quarter economic contraction of 0.2 percent. For 2019, the GDP growth forecast for Brazil has been cut from 2.6 percent to 1.2 percent. There are, however, some bright spots according to a Financial Times article – there are signs of growth and investments in the private sector with corporate earnings healthy across many sectors. Latin American-based air cargo carriers have also had their ups and downs....